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Five Things Voters Should Know Before Going to Vote August 4


NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Davidson County polling locations will be open from 7 a.m.-7 p.m., on Thursday, Aug. 4 for the State Primary and County General Election.

Since this is a primary election, voters will be asked to select a Democratic or Republican ballot. The State Primary ballot includes races for U.S. House of Representatives 5th Congressional District, Tennessee Senate and Tennessee House of Representatives seats.

The County General ballot includes races for Metro Council District 1, and Metro Nashville School Board districts 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9. Additionally, the ballot includes assessor of property and judicial retention questions.

Here are five things you need to know to make your voting experience smoother on August 4:

  1. Polls are open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. The busiest times are early morning and end of day.
  2. Review the sample ballots and be prepared to answer the question “Which ballot would you prefer today?” You may make their selections on the sample ballot and use it as a guide when you go to vote.
  3. Bring your photo ID. Tennessee law requires all voters to present a Federal or Tennessee State government-issued photo ID unless an exception applies.
  4. Know your voting location. There are 160 locations in the county, but you must vote at your designated Election Day polling location. Check your voter registration card for your polling location. Can’t find your card? Go to the online Polling Place Finder and type in your address to find where you vote.
  5. If you are a registered Davidson County voter who has moved within the county but not updated your voter registration information, you should go to your new voting location where you can change your address and vote. You can identify that location with the online Polling Place Finder

Davidson County residents can check their registration status at

On Election Day, more than 1,500 Poll Officials and Officers will open and staff 160 voting locations in Davidson County. Their day starts well before the polls open at 7 a.m. and does not end until the last vote is cast and all supplies are packed up and returned to the Election Commission election night.

The sample ballots and other information about elections and voting can be found on the Davidson County Election Commission website at

The Davidson County Election Commission (DCEC) is responsible for providing free and fair elections to every eligible citizen.  The Election Commission is regulated by State of Tennessee law and funded by Metro Nashville government. The main office is located at 1417 Murfreesboro Pike, Nashville, TN 37217.